Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ King Kahuka

January 1st, 2006 posted by Captain Zuloo

King Kahuka was the tribal leader of the Islanders

King Kahuha

A leader in his own way, King Kahuka was the big boss of another LEGO&reg pirate line faction - the Islanders.

The Islanders were released in the year of 1994, and were apparently second rivals to the pirates and Captain Redbeard, although Broadside and Woodhouse didn't appear to have that much to do with them. King Kahuka was much more active in the world than the two military men, and about equal to Redbeard as far as how regular they were. The Islander king appeared in 6236 King Kahuka's Throne, 6256 Islander Catamaran and 6278 Enchanted Island.

Captain Redbeard was a problem for the Islander king at first, then Captain Ironhook was a nuisance before Captain Redbeard returned to the scene with Ironhook as part of the crew.

A great addition to the Classic Pirate line was the Islander faction, and they were led by a more than suitable king all the way until they were discontinued in 2001.

6240 Kraken Attackin’ – Pirates 2009

January 1st, 2006 posted by Zorro

This small to medium-sized set, belonging to the new 2009 Pirates line, features a giant Kraken that attacks a small raft of some pirates that are trying to escape with their loot!

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Everything BUT that box, you ugly beast!

6240 Kraken Attackin' counts 78 pieces and has 2 pirate-minifigs, a parrot and of course the Kraken itself, also included is a small raft that has its own crow's nest and a paddle to steer it! The pirates are armed with a cutlass and musket, and have a box with some gems they probably found on an island, the only thing I actually miss in this beautiful set is a sail for the raft. The current retail selling price is set at 9 USD, IMO a fair price. The LEGO Group offers an age advisory of 5 to 12 years, but that has never stopped a real AFOL before!

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Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Islanders

January 1st, 2006 posted by Captain Zuloo

The Islander Girl

The Islanders and King Kahuka defended their homes from the Renegade Pirates

A beauty queen of the golden age of sail, the Islander girl had quite a simple face in comparison to the other Islanders with just her lipstick coated lips, two eyes and messy hair. Although this didn't stop the Renegade Pirates and Ironhook from - er - appreciating her company? She was only in two sets: 6256 Islander Catamaran and 6278 Enchanted Island, appearing in the latter with a quiver across her back - not quite the tame beauty, after all! She is thought to be King Kahuka's daughter.

The Islander Boys
The Islanders and King Kahuka defended their homes from the Renegade Pirates

Led by King Kahuka, there's not much to say about the Islander boys, because not much is known about them. They were quite secretive fellows, and they didn't let on much. But what we do know is that they were in sets 6278 Enchanted Island, 6260 Kahuka's Throne, 6241 Crocodile's Cage, 1788 Pirate's Chest, 6264 Forbidden Cove and 6256 Islander Catamaran, normally armed with spears or bow and arrows, making them essentially warriors.
The Islanders had no problems with Captain Redbeard, Broadside or Woodhouse, as the latter steered clear of them as he knew they were more skilled in battle than him, and the other two weren't on the shelves at the time.

The Islander Prince
The Islanders and King Kahuka defended their homes from the Renegade Pirates

The Islander Boys all look the same - apart from one fellow in 6264 Forbidden Cove, who wears the same bone necklace and facepaint as King Kahuka, but not the red mask. His similarity to the Islander King, but without the regal objects - the mask, staff and crocodile-chariot - leads us to believe he is, perhaps, Kahuka's son, the prince (and thus the brother of the Islander Girl).

Whenever more than one Islander appears in a set, Kahuka is always there to order them about. The sole exception is 6247 Forbidden Cove, implying that the Islander Prince has a measure of power over his fellow Islanders when Kahuka is not present.

PICTORIAL REVIEW: 6260 Shipwreck Island

January 1st, 2006 posted by Zorro
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6260 Shipwreck Island: Promotional picture

I remember being really excited about this set before I owned it, probably because it looked really interesting in the yearly LEGO catalogues. Problem was the price tag was creeping up near $30 of the local currency which is quite expensive for something this size, and even more expensive back in the early 90's.

After months of chopping my grannies' wood and watering their gardens to earn some money, the set went on sale at the local Kmart for 25% off. This was my chance to own it. So I bought one as soon as I could! Finally this set I'd been yearning for what seemed an eternity was mine!

Only problem was after I built it, the set didn't seem that exciting...

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6260 Shipwreck Island: Side pic

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6260 Shipwreck Island: Back pic

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6260 Shipwreck Island: A pic from above

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6260 Shipwreck Island: The front

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6260 Shipwreck Island: The other side of the set

The set comes with all the essential pieces for building a Pirate island, only problem was for its retail price it didn't come with enough. I think this is why I was initially disappointed, I was expecting more and The LEGO Group did a wonderful job of making the smaller LEGO sets look so much bigger than they really were. Fortunately now, the set can be acquired much cheaper from eBay and my budget has vastly increased so that initial disappointment has long faded. Now I can look at this set for what it really is!

The design looks cohesive, not a "hotch potch" throw-together like its mid 90's counterpart, 6296 Shipwrecked. Everything is well balanced and the set is a marvellous depiction of two shipwrecked survivors who've built a small shelter with what little they could muster. Still, all these years later I feel the need to reiterate its a bit on the small side.

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6260 Shipwreck Island: The treasure

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6260 Shipwreck Island: Monkey in a tree

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6260 Shipwreck Island: At least I can float...

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6260 Shipwreck Island: The Cannon and its gunman!

Probably the most alluring aspect of Shipwreck Island is the attention to detail - there's a cannon complete with cannon balls, a palm tree, a flag, a palm tree, some leaves, treasure chest with treasure, even a tub with an oar to assist one of the pirates in seeking help. There is also plenty of mini-figure weaponary and ample fauna for the size of the island.

Shipwreck Island is definitely a good set for parts and if you were MOCing with 6270 Forbidden Island the pieces might prove useful. However, Shipwreck Island by itself would seem to have limited MOCing possibilities even if more than one was used the problem would persist due to lack of substantial building elements.

As a set Shipwreck Island would make a charming addition to your collection, it has a nice design and plenty of accessories to keep thing interesting. I'd give it a 2.5 out of 5, but this rating system forces me to round up to 3.

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6241 Loot Island – Pirates 2009

January 1st, 2006 posted by Zorro

And another new Pirate set from the "2009" Pirates line! Loot Island, where the Pirates hide their treasure!
This beautiful set comes with 3 minifigs and a little boat for the Imperial patrol Guard (who looks like the old Imperial Soldiers Harbour Guard, since he had a cannon too). The Pirates guard their treasure with their life and have a catapult and trained crocodile to help them, the Island itself is one big part with dots on, so you can put trees and bricks onto it. Innovative, but one has to like it.

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Soldier: "Just give me that fish. I'm starving!"

Retail Price is about 19,99 USD and the advised age category is 5 to 12, so I don't want to see anyone older then 12 buy this set! (That way I have more...)

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PICTORIAL REVIEW: 1788 Treasure Chest

January 1st, 2006 posted by Zorro
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This time it is Pirates vs. Islanders!

This set isn't very photogenic and very easily to passed off as just a collection of pieces by looking at pictures. But in real life it looks quite nice - its a good solid fort-like structure built upon the top of a rocking outcrop. It comes with a few nice little touches such as a campfire, raft with flag for a sail, a hidden treasure cave and heaps of mini-figure accessories, like a barrell, pot, cup, goblet, weapons, island drum and ceremonial staff.

Speaking of mini-figures, for a small set Treasure Chest contins a generous amount - two Islanders and two Pirates, plus there's a crocodile to keep them on their toes. Also there's an interesting twist, that being all other sets containing Islanders have the pirates invading them, but here its the other way round.

Although the most outstanding feature of this set, is not the design itself but its box. As far as I'm aware this is the most uniquely designed LEGO box in existence. Rather than being a traditional square shape, its in the shape of a treasure chest! So from a collector's perspective without the box this set is nothing.

Overall this set is a pleasant surprise as its better than it looks, however it is by no means the best pirate set. A good addition to your pirate collection, but for those not interested in pirates then this set might not have great appeal.

Does anyone else have one? Even if you don't have it (which I guess most of you don't), what is your impression of it from viewing pictures?

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Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Imperial Guards

January 1st, 2006 posted by Captain Zuloo

The Imperial Guards were led by Admiral Woodhouse in their lovely red uniforms

Imperial Guard

The Imperial Guard is a great minifig. They were some of the more common minifigs in their day, but ironically, their head piece is now one of the most sought after of all LEGO&reg minifig head pieces.

Led by Admiral Woodhouse, this minifig was in almost every Imperial Guard set there was fighting against the likes of Captain Redbeard and Ironhook. The Imperial Guard was seen in 6263 Imperial Outpost, 6277 Imperial Trading Post, 6252 Sea Mates, 6247 Bounty Boat, 1872 Imperial Guard Camp, 1729 Barnacle Bay, 6279 Skull Island, 6266 Cannon Cove and 6271 Imperial Flagship.

Although the Shako is such a sacred piece to most LEGO collectors, 2009 should drop their price considerably.  And with the price drop of the shako will come the price drop of the Imperial Guard, the backbone of the Imperial Guard army.

Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Ironhook

January 1st, 2006 posted by Captain Zuloo

Ironhook, the leader of the Renegade Pirates

Ironhook

When he was first released, Ironhook was thought to be Captain Redbeard with a different torso. This, however was not the case. Ironhook was just as much of a scallywag as his predecessor, and he got around in a few sets.

These sets were 6268 Renegade Runner, 1788 Treasure Chest, 1873 Pirate Treasure, 6278 Enchanted Island, 6261 Raft Raiders, 1729 Barnacle Bay, 6264 Forbidden Cove, and debatably, Red Beard Runner where he appeared not as captain, but as a crew member.

He often fought King Kahuka and the Islanders until he realised they were too good for him. So he then moved onto stealing Admiral Woodhouse's treasure. Governor Broadside wasn't around anymore when Ironhook had taken to the seas, but Woodhouse sure threw a heap of defence at him.



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